Let me tell you how I plan to use my Steempower in a new way. You can believe me for me it is a new way for other it may be usual.
Since the beginning, I was using my Steempower always to upvote manually. There was a time where I tried an automation tool for the sake of learning how it works. But I didn't feel comfortable with it. Also, I read a lot of posts preaching that we should upvote manually because only in that way it would be ethically right. I don't want to debate this question right now, but I also believed that its "good" to upvote manually and not with an automated tool.
With that method its almost impossible to upvote every post you want and it would take a lot of time to go through your feed(depending on how much you folllow) to see the new content, read it and upvote it. Manually upvoting is in my opinion better when you are online, you see and read an interesting post and you give it an upvote. But you missed contributions which came earlier or will appear later.
I was convinced that manually upvoting is the best way to go because I was only content focused. Yes, I believed that only the content counts. Let me say it directly: I don't think that anymore!
Let me clarify what I exactly mean; Content is one of the most significant forces that drives that community and act as a magnet for other people. When a blogging platform don't have worthy content to consume why spending time on it? We need good content, and that should be rewarded. Content is one way we get in touch with new people here. The material on Steemit, Dtube, and Dlive matters a lot and should never be neglected when it comes to your decision what you want to upvote. Great content creators deserve to be rewarded.
During the time spent here, I got a new perspective regarding automatically upvoting people. Let me better say: People you already got to know, you already build some kind of connection.
I plan to put more people on my upvoting list. The reason behind it is that I believe with that move I invest in people, not in the content.
Don't get me wrong, of course, the content is relevant but more important is the person behind that content. And this person should be empowered regardless if I like their content every time. I see it that way.
Empowering people I build already a connection to or better to say they with me by constantly engaging with me through comments. I already started with a few people, and I think its the right way, investing into the person which is well chosen. Many great content creators are trying to get noticed by meaningful comments. It doesn't mean that I agree with everything they write, but that should not be the primary decision criterion.
I don't want to make it too long. The quintessence is; I will put more people on my automated list because I believe they deserve it.
Read this carefully when you notice that you are one of them.
Don't think this will be forever! Don't take all upvotes for granted. Don't sit back and relax from now on. I don't commit myself to that. It can be that I change people based on my judgment. Keep that in mind, please. It's important! I hope with that to give my part to the community and helping other people here.
What do you say about automated upvoting tools?